Tottenham Hotspur are in the race to sign Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart this summer, according to reports. The Mirror suggest he is being targeted as the main man to replace Toby Alderweireld, with the Belgian increasingly likely to leave the club this summer.
The Frenchman has been brilliant for his nation this summer. Playing at right-back he has helped France win the World Cup in Russia. But his natural position is at centre-back and is, therefore, being considered the man to slot into Alderweireld’s place.
But whilst he may be arriving to replace the Belgian, it is one of England’s World Cup players who should be most concerned.
Eric Dier would find himself in serious trouble if Pavard arrived.
Both Pavard and Dier are extremely versatile. Whilst Dier is currently billed as a holding midfielder, his best position is probably centre-back. When he first arrived at Spurs, he also played a number of games as a right-back.
Pavard can play all the same positions. If needed he has slotted into central midfield before and he can play anywhere along the back-line, including at left-back.
The trouble for Dier is his current form. Things have gone slightly stale from the 24-year-old recently. His form at Tottenham was so-so last term and many England fans were not impressed by his displays at the World Cup – despite a good showing in the 3rd-4th play-off.
He is, of course, a very good footballer but his main asset for Tottenham now is his versatility. If Pavard was to arrive, Tottenham would have a brand new utility player in the pack.
Whilst it would not spell the end for Dier at Tottenham the arrival of Pavard would surely make his life more difficult.